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The Absurdity of Racism: an International Chester Himes Conference.

updated: 
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 11:10am
William Dow The American Univeristy of Paris
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Absurdity of Racism: an International Chester Himes Conference.

4-6 June, 2020

Co-Directors Alice Mikal Craven and William E. Dow

American University of Paris

 

 

 

 

Chester Himes quotes Albert Camus in the opening to the second volume of his autobiography:  "Racism is absurd. Racism introduces absurdity into the human condition…If one lives in a country where racism is held valid and practiced in all ways of life, eventually, no matter whether one is a racist or a victim one comes to feel the absurdity of life". 

 

SSSL 2020: Carson McCullers and the Borderless South

updated: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 3:41pm
Carson McCullers Society
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In conjunction with the biennial Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) conference theme of "how borders, binaries, and bars operate in lived experience as well as intellectual practice," the Carson McCullers Society invites abstracts for two panels on the topic of the borderless south: one examining immigration themes in McCullers’ works, and the other, the role of national and international media like newspapers and radio broadcasts in the works of McCullers and her contemporaries. Papers that work comparatively between McCullers and other southern writers are highly encouraged.

Boston to Brazil: Elizabeth Bishop’s Geographies

updated: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:44pm
Susan Gilmore, NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Seeking papers/presenters for an approved session (#17976) at the 2020 NeMLA convention, Boston, March 5-8, 2020.

WORLD WITHOUT END: THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH, WILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS, AND THE GLOBAL EXPERIENCE

updated: 
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:36am
William Gilmore Simms Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

                       

WORLD WITHOUT END: THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH, WILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS, AND THE GLOBAL EXPERIENCE

SPONSORED BY

The William Gilmore Simms Society

University of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C.    

SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2020

 

Black Men, White Publishers (NeMLA Panel)

updated: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 3:37pm
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

In November 2018, The New York Times published “Black Male Writers for Our Time,” an article that highlights some of the African-American male writers who have won prestigious awards in recent years. For instance, Gregory Pardlo won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2015, while Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award in 2016 and the Pulitzer in 2017. In 2018, Kendrick Lamar made history as the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. Although they have been writing for generations, the literary establishment is now recognizing and rewarding Black male literature.

Projective Verse at 70: Theoretical and Poetic Influences

updated: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 3:37pm
The Charles Olson Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Charles Olson Society will sponsor a panel at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville from February 20-22. 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of this important essay, and the panel will therefore examine the essay’s theoretical and poetic legacies. We are interested in abstracts proposing innovative approaches to reading Olson’s essay and the conversations that it started. How have the theoretical or cultural contexts surrounding projective verse created a robust understanding of poetic practice in the post-1945 era? How have the legacies of projective poetry engaged with and inflected theoretical models?

NeMLA 2020: The Politics of ‘Post’ in American Literature

updated: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 3:00am
Meghan Burns and Kelly Mahaffy, University of Connecticut
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

In a 2009 article in American Literary History, Richard Gray critiqued the production of post-9/11 novels, writing that such literary works “simply assimilate the unfamiliar into familiar structures.” Yet scholarly work on contemporary U.S. fiction seems to return again and again to a focus on literary production in terms of its relationship to the 2001 tragedy. In this panel, we seek to interrogate the way the concept of “post” has come to influence and, perhaps, even define the American literary canon. 

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